We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Cross Sound Express Whale Watching

61 reviews
About Cross Sound Express Whale Watching
To begin with...I do not delete, hide or edit ANY reviews on this page. That being said...our vessel is 50’ long with seating for 28 passengers and an open back deck with a rain awning for viewing and photography of the whales and wildlife. We depart from the Gustavus City dock which is approximately 9 miles from Glacier Bay Lodge and Glacier Bay. From there we generally take the 7.2 mile crossing in Icy Strait to an area by Chichigof Island known as Point Adolphus. The crossing takes about 35 minutes and quite often we will check out Sea Otters on the way over. Once we get to PA (Point Adolphus) we position ourselves near the whales and shut off the engines so we can drift with them and we place our Hydrophone in the water to hear their sounds over our speaker system. Although we always see whales (up close) we usually also see many Stellar Sea Lions, Bald Eagles and sometimes the occasional Alaska Brown Bear strolling the shores of Chichigof Island. During the course of the tour we offer information about the area, the whales, and the other wildlife we encounter. On the average we see Orca (Killer Whales) about a dozen times a season.
Gustavus, AK
Travelers talk about

Cross Sound Express Whale Watching
Booking unavailable on TripAdvisor

Want other options you can book now?
Reviews (61)
Filter reviews
60 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Show reviews that mention
All reviews whale watching see whales bubble net feeding saw seals small boat hot drinks glacier bay once in a lifetime great boat great trip great morning sea lions point adolphus todd breaching captain board
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 60 reviews
Reviewed December 2, 2018 via mobile

I traveled in July 2016 to Alsaka (Sorry, I don't have a chace to review anything via Tripadvisor before. But I did reviewed it online via others website already.) I stayed for 7 days and took the whale watching tour from Gustavus. The boat departed...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank imparimz
Reviewed August 29, 2018 via mobile

We just got back from Seattle and the highlight of our trip was on the Puget Sound Express to go whale watching. The boat was so comfortable and fast. The director of the cruise gave constant information on whales and their habitat. It was all...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank sisqo
Reviewed August 17, 2018 via mobile

Our trip on the “Taz” was beyond words! We consistently saw whales and other wildlife! We even experienced humpback whales lunge feeding! The crew was kind, considerate and extremely helpful! Highly recommended! Truly a once in a lifetime experience!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank BuckY625
Reviewed August 13, 2018

Tod and Mik did a great job showing us a fantastic time! We saw seals, brown bears, porpoise, and lots of humpbacks! I cannot say enough good about this tour.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank RalphandPhylian
Reviewed August 10, 2018 via mobile

Thanks to Todd we had a great morning viewing whales. We were lucky to see the humpbacks bubble feeding plus 2 orca whales. Todd’s very knowledgeable and respectful of the whales. Snacks and drinks included. A definite must do activity. The photos speak for themselves!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Emma26Oxfordshire_UK
Reviewed August 1, 2018

We booked Cross Sound Express Whale Watching through the Country Inn of Gustavus. We were prepared for sightings of whales, but Todd and Mikela delivered so much more. First, the boat is old but very well built and maintained. I have sailed Lake Michigan and...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank James S
Reviewed July 17, 2018 via mobile

Todd and Michela were great, very hospitable, multiple snacks and hot drinks. Comfy boat even for this seasick-prone land lover. Todd tried his best to find whales, and we did see a bit of a few of them. That was exciting. But they explained that...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank cararro
Reviewed July 10, 2018

This is the real deal. An experienced, knowledgeable captain with a great deckhand, a great boat and a very respectable approach. Wildlife wellbeing comes first. This is not a touristy boat that disturbs the wildlife. We just sat there with 3 whales around us, no...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Mike M
Reviewed September 15, 2017

It was a cold and rainy day in August when we boarded the Taz, little did we know what a wonderful time we would have. Saw a pod of whales bubble net feed multiple times and to make it better Todd put a hydrophone in...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank sasha2ChattanoogaTn
Reviewed August 29, 2017

I was delighted to be able to go out on the Taz yesterday and the day before and all I can say is incredible. I would go every day if I could. Tod and Mic definitely "know things" about whales. It is great that they...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank mcstr16
View more reviews
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
January 10, 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Yair G | Reviewed this property |
Consider to take a whale watching tour from Juneau instead.